Very soon, the conditions deep in the sea and wildlife there can be monitored 24 hours a day! This will be done with the help of an undersea observatory being made in California’s Monterey Bay, according to officials.
It is all happening about 3,000 feet underwater. A ship began laying a 32-mile-long cable at the chilling, dark depth for powering research instruments capable of relaying data to land for further research. The researchers all over the world will be provided with these data via internet.
Stephen Etchemendy of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute said,
This is new for ocean science, and with the Internet we will be able to link ocean researchers all over the world with observations while the instruments are making them.
An underwater seismograph will be sending earthquake signals directly to a lab at the University of California, Berkeley. The other instruments — of the $12 million Monterey Accelerated Research System or MARS — will include a camera — Eye in the Sea. This camera is designed to photograph sea creatures, which can generate their own light through bioluminescence.
It will also have an underwater rover that will study microscopic animals living on the sea floor.
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